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Top 5 Ways to Stay Healthy at Work: Holiday Edition

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Stay Healthy at Work

As the year draws closer, holiday parties are in full swing. While this can often be an exciting and exceptionally cheerful time, it can be challenging to stay on track with your weight loss goals amidst office-sponsored parties, break room treats, holiday lunch specials, and long workdays.

At BMI Surgery, we want to help you make healthy choices this winter. Here, we discuss our top tips for maintaining weight loss, like hydration, meal prepping, and managing stress so that you can feel confident this holiday season.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Hydration boosts your energy, increases focus and helps you maintain your weight loss goals. If you aren’t properly hydrated, your body compensates by slowing down metabolic processes leading to weight gain, lethargy, headaches, and more. And, if you’re dehydrated, you may mistake thirst for hunger and possibly overheat.

Next time you’re headed to a holiday celebration, bring a reusable water bottle to help you stay hydrated. Better yet, keep one at your desk daily so you can easily refill it whenever you need it. The average amount of fluids you should aim for is about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids daily for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) for women. Most of this fluid intake should be water. If you drink caffeine, we recommend no more than 400 milligrams per day–that’s about 4 cups of coffee. Once you reach that, choose decaf tea or lemonade if you’re still thirsty for something other than water.

Create a Healthy Snack Tray

During a busy workday, it can be easy to grab the first available food option—healthy or not. To avoid the temptation of break room treats, vending machine snacks, or sugary drinks that may derail your weight loss efforts, try creating a healthy snack tray at your desk.

We recommend filling this try with snacks you actually enjoy so you’re excited to stay on track and they don’t go to waste. Some of our favorite snacks for maintaining weight loss include:

  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Granola
  • Cheese
  • Jerky

If you place this tray in a convenient spot, like on top of your desk or inside a drawer, you are more likely to choose a healthy alternative to the vending machine and keep your eye on the weight loss prize.

Prioritize Staying Active

Long periods of sitting aren’t doing you any weight loss favors, and these sedentary periods can even increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, and other ailments. While we can’t help all ditch our desks for a more active alternative, there are still some ways to prioritize activity throughout the day.

One of the best ways to stay active throughout the workday is by utilizing your lunch break. Instead of eating lunch at your desk or in the break room, get your heart rate up and stand up to eat your meal. Afterward, take a walk outside, walk up and down the stairs, or sneak in a quick workout.

If you find yourself waiting for coffee in the office, heating food in the microwave, or waiting for a meeting room to open up, practice small forms of exercise while you wait. Squats, lunges, calf raises, and arm circles are great ways to stay active amidst a busy workday.

Meal Prep Your Work Day Meals

Planning is essential to maintain your weight loss, especially during the hectic holiday season. If you prepare and portion out your workday meals ahead of time in grab & go containers, it can make your week less stressful and support your maintenance efforts. We recommend preparing meals you like, so you’ll be less tempted to ditch Tupperware for not-so-nutritious takeout.

A few of our favorite meal prep recipes are curried chicken salad, spicy spaghetti squash with shrimp, and slow-cooker bean and barley soup. When in doubt, combining a protein source (chicken, beef, fish), vegetable or fruits (broccoli, asparagus, berries), and grains (corn, beans, whole wheat bread) is the foundation of excellent meal preparation.

Manage Your Stress

The holiday season is full of jolliness, festive cheer, and, often, stress. Many of us experience an uptick in work deadlines and mandatory holiday parties, both of which can be nerve-racking. Did you know that stress can contribute to weight gain? The hormone released when your body is stressed, called cortisol, stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism, creating increased hunger and cravings for sweet, fatty, or salty foods.

We recommend finding a stress management tool that works for you and sticking to it. You might consider meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, talking with a friend, and walking. No matter how you manage your stress, the best methods are free, applicable to many situations, and provide noticeable relief.

Feel Your Best This Winter

Stay on track with your fitness goals during the most special time of the year! Whether you work in an office or work from home, you can apply these tips and tricks to make healthy choices at your next office party or your next busy holiday workday. The team at BMI Surgery can provide more knowledge and advice about maintaining weight loss this winter. Feel your best with BMI Surgery!

Begin Your Weight Loss Journey Today at BMI Surgery

Maintain your weight loss while at work with help from Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Long and his team specialize in all types of bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, and the LAP-BAND. Contact us online or call us to set up a consultation at 205-850-1973.

Maintain Your Goals: A Guide to Healthy Holiday Recipes

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

The holiday season is full of fun, festivities, and feasting. It can be easy to treat yourself more than a few times during the many celebrations and accidentally get off track with your fitness goals. As you prepare for the holiday parties, Thanksgiving dinners, and family potlucks, consider learning how to make tasty meals that don’t sacrifice all your weight loss progress.

Our team at BMI Surgery discusses our favorite healthy holiday appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts. Host a fantastic dinner party, or bring the fan-favorite dish, while still being health-conscious with these 4 recipes.

Holiday Appetizer: Sweet Potato Chips with Black Olive Tapenade

Swap your traditional cheese and cracker hors d’oeuvres for this easy and tasty recipe! Food Network’s sweet potato chips with olive tapenade only require 5 ingredients: sweet potatoes, olive oil, black olives, scallions, and tomatoes. With its satisfying crunch and delectable toppings, this appetizer is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

These holiday starters are so flavorful you won’t even notice the traditional cheese balls or deep-fried appetizers. Check out some of our other favorite holiday appetizers:

  • Cucumber Smoked Salmon Bites
  • Caprese Salad Kabobs

Holiday Side Dish: Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions

This recipe is a must-try if you’re craving green bean casserole but want a healthier alternative. The balsamic green beans with pearl onions from Southern Living are healthy but still flavorful. This recipe can feed a crowd, satisfying everyone’s savory yet sweet appetite. Pair this delicious side with turkey, ham, chicken, beef, and more for a carb-conscious holiday side dish. And best of all, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare!

Swap out your carb-heavy favorite for a lighter, health-conscious option. Check out some of our other favorite holiday side dishes:

  • Skillet Squash Blossom
  • Rosemary-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Holiday Entree

Ditch the sodium-filled meats or bland health-conscious entrees with Food Network’s mushroom-stuffed pork tenderloin. This entree is less than 330 calories per serving and takes only forty-five minutes to cook. A bit of a twist on traditional pork tenderloin, the mushroom, garlic, and lemon zest adds another mouthwatering flavor to your holiday plate.

Enjoy a main course with more flavor than a traditional, health-conscious grilled chicken entree. Check out some of our other favorite holiday entrees:

  • Citrus-Roasted Salmon
  • Mom’s Tuna-Pasta Casserole

Holiday Dessert

Last but certainly not least is everyone’s favorite— dessert! For many of us, when the dessert tray comes around is when it’s hardest to stick to our goals. But with this recipe from Country Living, you won’t even feel like you’re missing out. This chocolate-cinnamon marble bread pairs perfectly with coffee and will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. And this dessert is versatile, so you can use as much or as little sugar as you like.

If you like chocolate or you enjoy something more fruity, each of these calorie-conscious desserts offers something extra sweet. Check out some of our other favorite holiday desserts:

  • Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
  • Lemon Icebox Bars

Maintain Your Healthy Lifestyle with BMI Surgery

With these tips and tricks, you can feel your best this holiday season. Try these recipes out at your next dinner party or potluck for a tasty meal without compromising your weight loss goals. If you want to learn more about maintaining your weight loss after surgery, our experts at BMI Surgery can provide knowledgeable advice, quality care, and exceptional results. Dr. Long and his staff are well-versed in weight loss maintenance and can help you reach your goals through quality care, minimally invasive procedures, and long-lasting results.

Achieve Your Dream Body for the Holiday Season

Proudly serving the Birmingham area, BMI Surgery specializes in various weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND, and more. Our team can help you achieve your dream body just in time for the holidays and help you maintain it. Call us at 205-858-1211 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!

Can Your Stomach Stretch After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

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Stomach Stretch After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Weight loss surgery has helped thousands of people achieve their goals, but it’s not a small commitment! You have to plan, take time off work, rest, and learn a new way of taking care of yourself & your health… So it’s totally normal to think, well, why go through this and invest my time & money if it’s not going to be effective?

Well, reader! In this blog, our team at BMI Surgery will answer all your questions about your stomach stretching and why it may happen so, you can feel confident as you work to achieve your weight loss goals.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery works by changing the structure of the stomach. The surgeon will reduce its size by about two-thirds, minimizing the quantity of food you can eat and the number of calories absorbed by your body.

The surgery is minimally invasive. Gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is performed laparoscopically, which means smaller incisions and generally less recovery time compared to traditional surgery.

The FDA-approved procedure is effective and requires little downtime, so there’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular weight loss surgeries in US.

Will My Stomach Stretch After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Most often, your stomach will stretch after gastric sleeve surgery. But before you panic, it’s entirely normal for your stomach to expand a little after surgery. Our stomachs naturally stretch as we eat, which won’t change after a gastric sleeve procedure. After digestion, the stomach will contract to its original shape and size.

The problem may come if we overeat. Once your stomach is full, your body will alert you, so you will stop consuming food. But, if we overeat, the stomach will stretch to make room for the extra food. If this happens rarely, the stomach will still shrink after digestion. But if overeating happens often, the stomach can permanently stretch out, and the body can confuse fullness signals as hunger, which may lead to weight gain.

How Can I Avoid My Stomach Stretching After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

You can avoid stretching your stomach after gastric sleeve surgery in various ways. Most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you overeat a meal or two, don’t be so discouraged that it ruins your efforts. Instead, acknowledge what happened, brainstorm ways to avoid it next time, and plan your next healthy meal.

Some of our tips to avoid a stretched stomach include:

  • Limit volume, not foods or food groups: If you restrict yourself from certain foods, like sweets or carbs, you may end up eating more on accident. Allow yourself to have your favorite foods in moderation.
  • Eat small snacks in between meals if you feel hungry.
  • Plan portioned, healthy meals in advance to help you stay on track, especially if you have a busy schedule.
  • Avoid drinking beverages during your meals. If you drink throughout your meal, you may fill up on fluids instead of nutritious foods. We recommend drinking before and after your meals, but not during.

Find Support & Expert Advice After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Don’t feel like you’re alone on your weight loss journey! We understand that it can be unsettling, knowing you could impact your stomach’s size. That’s why our team at BMI Surgery is dedicated to your overall well-being–from the beginning to the end of your weight loss journey. Our team of experts at BMI Surgery team has years of experience helping people achieve and maintain their weight loss goals.

Begin Your Weight Loss Journey at BMI Surgery in Birmingham, AL

Discover your weight loss surgery options at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery. With many years of experience, our team provides personalized and quality care to help you meet your goals. Call us at 205-850-1972 or contact us online to learn more about how to get started on your weight loss journey and improve your quality of life!